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The point to this is that if they are curious and technical enough to do
this, there are about 10 things that fall out of it. The ability to take it
apart and put it together is not sufficient but it is necessary, in my never
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----- Original Message -----
From: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, 17 December, 1999 11:11 AM
Subject: Re: Baseline Skillset for Technical Writers?
| Sharon Burton-Hardin wrote:
| > The ability to take their computer apart to the boards and put the parts
| > back together again. Seriously. I am working on an article right now
| > the fact that for the several years (4?) I have been teaching Frame and
| > RoboHELP, 20% of my students cannot create a directory and copy the
| > of a floppy to the directory.
| I don't see the connection. Is taking a computer apart and putting it back
| together really necessary? I don't think so. I've never done it, but that
| doesn't affect my ability to pick up and learn any software I want/need to
| learn. That's like saying I couldn't drive a taxi for a living because I
| take an engine apart and put it back together. Or am I missing the joke?
| I agree that basic computer skills are extremely important. I know someone
| made it through her first year of a graduate program in tech writing
| ever touching a computer (and would have gone all the way through if she
| accepted a job where they taught her to use a computer). Scary, isn't it?
| Tracy Boyington mailto:tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
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